Hello fellow guerilla growers, and Happy New Year 2012!
Think back to the early pioneers and farmers; they had to use a sharpened, steel plow, pulled along by a mule or a pack horse, to break ground like this into narrow rows, usually to a depth of no more than six to eight inches. Even with a horse doing all of the work, it would take the farmer many days, even weeks, to break up a small, previously undisturbed, patch of earth. The guerilla grower wants to dig down to at least 12 inches, preferably 18, when setting up the garden site. Breaking up a rock hard soil like this requires a high-quality tool, preferably constructed of steel alloy, or steel tubing, that has been properly welded together into an almost indestructable, solid steel assembly.
I started my growing career in the rocky, root-filled soils of the Klamath national forest, located near the town of Happy Camp in northern Cali. In the few years that I cultivated marijuana out there, guerilla style, I have broken up more undisturbed, rocky, root-filled ground, than I even care to recollect. After a couple of years of this torture, my hands were rock hard, capable of breaking someone's arm by simply hitting it (I practice a lot of chinese style martial arts where the first move is arm to arm contact (tiger form Shaolin), breaking the opponents arm right off of the bat...fight over). Even the hand and arm conditioning drills that we did under my chinese master did not compare to the beating that my hands took from all of that digging.
All of this changed when I realized that there must be someone out there who has gone through the same type of sod-busting experiences, but with mainstream farming techniques. Why reinvent the wheel? Marijuana cultivation uses the same techniques as mainstream farming, so I inquired to the professionals, figuring that these people had probably already developed the heavy duty hand tools needed for this type of task before farm automation, gas engines, and tractors came along. After a little bit of research (and this was 1985 or so, which meant no internet!) I learned about Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, located about 50 miles south of Happy Camp in Grass Valley, California. These guys were the masters when it came to organic gardening techniques, supplies, tools, chemicals, and organic amendments, and they definitely had a couple of heavy-duty, welded-steel, digging implements in stock, including: